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Student shoots self at northeast Ohio middle school

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:40

A seventh grade student in northeast Ohio shot himself inside a middle school on Tuesday, WOIO reports.

Jackson Township police said the boy shot himself inside a restroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School around 8 a.m.

Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

All schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County were placed on lockdown after the incident. School officials are now working to safely dismiss students at the middle school.

Police have not said if the shooting is accidental or intentional, but they are calling it self-inflicted.

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Stuck in an opioid crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:38

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain.

"I don't like taking pain medication. I don't like the way it makes me feel," he said.

Harris also didn't want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers.

Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation's opioid crisis.

The military and Veterans Affairs medical system has been offering acupuncture for pain for several years, some insurance companies cover it and now a small but growing number of Medicaid programs in states hit hard by opioid overdoses have started providing it for low-income patients.

Ohio's Medicaid program recently expanded its coverage after an opioid task force urged state officials to explore alternative pain therapies.

"We have a really serious problem here," said Dr. Mary Applegate, medical director for Ohio's Medicaid department. "If it's proven to be effective, we don't want to have barriers in the way of what could work."

The epidemic was triggered by an explosion in prescriptions of powerful painkiller pills, though many of the recent overdose opioid deaths are attributed to heroin and illicit fentanyl. Many opioid addictions begin with patients in pain seeking help, and acupuncture is increasingly seen as a way to help keep some patients from ever having to go on opioids in the first place.

For a long time in the U.S., acupuncture was considered unstudied and unproven — some skeptics called it "quack-u-puncture." While there's now been a lot of research on acupuncture for different types of pain, the quality of the studies has been mixed, and so have the results.

Federal research evaluators say there's some good evidence acupuncture can help some patients manage some forms of pain. But they also have described the benefits of acupuncture as modest, and say more research is needed.

Among doctors, there remains lively debate over how much of any benefit can be attributed simply to patients' belief that the treatment is working — the so-called "placebo effect."

"There may be a certain amount of placebo effect. Having said that, it is still quite effective as compared to no treatment," said Dr. Ankit Maheshwari, a pain medicine specialist at Case Western Reserve University, who sees it as valuable for neck pain, migraines and a few other types of pain problems.

Many doctors are ambivalent about acupuncture but still willing to let patients give it a try, said Dr. Steven Novella, a neurologist at Yale University and editor of an alternative medicine-bashing website. He considers acupuncture a form of patient-fooling theater.

Acupuncturists and their proponents are "exploiting the opioid crisis to try to promote acupuncture as an alternative treatment," he said. "But promoting a treatment that doesn't work is not going to help the crisis."

Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years, and customarily involves inserting thin metal needles into specific points in the ears or other parts the body. Practitioners say needles applied at just the right spots can restore the flow of a mystical energy — called "qi" through the body, and that can spur natural healing and pain relief.

In government surveys, 1 in 67 U.S. adults say they get acupuncture every year, up from 1 in 91 a decade earlier. That growth has taken place even though most patients pay for it themselves: 2012 figures show only a quarter of adults getting acupuncture had insurance covering the cost.

The largest federal government insurance program, Medicare, does not pay for acupuncture. Tricare, the insurance program for active duty and retired military personnel and their families, does not pay for it either. But VA facilities offer it, charging no more than a copay.

Jeff Harris signed up for acupuncture two years ago. The 50-year-old Marine Corp veteran said he injured his back while rappelling and had other hard falls during his military training in the 1980s. Today, he has shooting pain down his legs and deadness of feeling in his feet.

Acupuncture "helped settled my nerve pain down," said Harris, of Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Another vet, Harry Garcia, 46, of Danielson, Connecticut, tried acupuncture for his chronic back pain after years of heavy pain medications.

Acupuncture is "just like an eraser. It just takes everything away" for a brief period, and keeps the pain down for up to 10 days, said Garcia.

About a decade ago, the military and Veteran Affairs began promoting a range of alternative approaches to pain treatment, including acupuncture, yoga, and chiropractic care.

In 2009, former Army Surgeon General Dr. Eric Schoomaker chartered a task force to re-evaluate the Army's approach to pain, which had centered on opioids. The focus was understandable — "nobody who has his leg blown off screams for acupuncture," said Schoomaker, who is now a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a military medical school in Bethesda, Maryland.

But he added there was also an openness to acupuncture and other approaches among soldiers and sailors who, while overseas, had tried non-drug approaches for chronic pain. Schoomaker said he was inspired to seriously consider alternative approaches by his wife, a yoga instructor.

Now two-thirds of military hospitals and other treatment centers offer acupuncture, according to a recent study.

The military's openness to alternatives is "because the need is so great there," said Emmeline Edwards of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a federal scientific research agency. "Perhaps some of the approaches have been used without a strong evidence base. They're more willing to try an approach and see if it works."

Her agency is teaming up the Pentagon and the VA to spend $81 million on research projects to study the effectiveness of a variety of nondrug approaches to treating chronic pain.

While research continues, insurance coverage of acupuncture keeps expanding. California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Rhode Island pay for acupuncture for pain through their Medicaid insurance programs. Massachusetts and Oregon also cover acupuncture as a treatment for substance abuse, though scientists question how well it reduces the cravings caused by chemical dependency.

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Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 04:49

PARKLAND, Fla. - A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.

The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some GOP lawmakers said Monday they would consider. Shortly after the shooting, several legislative leaders were taken on a tour of the school to see the damage firsthand and they appeared shaken afterward.

"I really think they are going to hear us out," said Chris Grady, a 19-year-old senior who is going on the trip. He said he hopes the trip will lead to some "commonsense laws like rigorous background checks."

The attack last Wednesday seemed to overcome the resistance of some in the state's leadership, which has rebuffed gun restrictions since Republicans took control of both the governor's office and the Legislature in 1999. However, there is still strong resistance by many in the party to any gun-control measures, leaving the fate of new restrictions unclear.

Students also have vowed to exert pressure on Congress as the aftermath of the rampage resonates beyond Florida and from coast to coast. Hundreds of chanting protesters converged Monday on a downtown Los Angeles park, demanding tougher background checks and other gun-safety measures after the shooting. Some signs held up by the California demonstrators read, "Your Children Are Counting On You."

Sen. Bill Galvano, a Republican and the incoming Florida senate president, said the state Senate was preparing a package that would include raising the age to purchase any firearm to 21, creating a waiting period for purchasing any type of firearm, banning bump stocks that can allow semi-automatic guns to spray bullets quickly and creating gun-violence restraining orders.

Authorities said suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, had a string of run-ins with school authorities that ended with his expulsion. Police also were repeatedly called to his house throughout his childhood. Cruz's lawyers said there were repeated warning signs that he was mentally unstable and potentially violent. Yet he legally purchased a semi-automatic rifle.

"We need to make sure everything is working and to learn from the experience," said Galvano, who was among those who visited the school.

The Senate is also considering boosting spending on mental health programs for schools and giving law-enforcement greater power to involuntarily hold someone considered a danger to themselves. The body will also look at a proposal to deputize a teacher or someone else at school so they are authorized to have a gun.

Galvano said senators want to examine ways to protect schools that do not have resource officers — often armed law enforcement officers — on site.

State House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott also are considering possible changes to firearms rules but have not given any details. Scott planned meetings Tuesday on school safety, and said he would announce proposals on mental health issues later in the week.

Still, some Republicans questioned whether additional gun restrictions are the answer.

"I really don't want to see this politicized into a gun debate," Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley.

Referring to gun-control advocates, he said: "Sometimes I wish they were right, that this would fix it, but it won't ... We have a terrible problem with obesity, but we're not banning forks and spoons."

Democrats believe raising the age limit and creating a waiting period to buy rifles isn't enough.

"That's unacceptable. That's a joke," said Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer of Broward County. "I don't see that as a restriction. It should never have been that an 18-year-old could buy an assault weapon. No Floridians should be able to buy an assault weapon."

Cruz legally purchased at least seven long guns, including an AK-47-style rifle he bought less than a month ago, a law enforcement official said Monday. The official is familiar with the investigation but isn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Federal law allows those 18 and over to buy rifles, and Cruz passed background checks necessary to obtain the weapons.

Cruz made his first appearance in court Monday. Wearing a prison jumpsuit, he kept his head down and did not appear to make eye contact with the judge or others in the courtroom, though he responded briefly to someone on the defense team. A previous appearance was by a video connection from jail.

His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty. No decision has been made on that.

Since the attack, students from the school have become increasingly vocal in their demands for gun-control measures. Many have pointed out politicians who take financial support from the National Rifle Association, and some have lashed out at President Donald Trump, saying he was busy blaming Democrats for failing to pass gun restrictions while taking no action of his own.

After staying largely mum in the last few days about the massacre and the escalating debate about weapons, Trump said Monday that he was supportive of a bipartisan effort to strengthen federal background checks for gun purchases.

Students are also calling for anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24.

Organizers behind the anti-Trump Women's March called for a 17-minute nationwide walkout by teachers and students on March 14, and a gun-control group was calling for a rally to ban assault weapons Wednesday at the Florida Capitol.

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Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid, and Romney accepts

Channel 10 news - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 04:43

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship.

The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, "He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!" Romney quickly accepted the endorsement via Twitter.

Trump has not always been so positive about Romney the political candidate. In 2016 Trump said the former Massachusetts governor had "choked like a dog" during his failed 2012 bid against President Barack Obama.

For his part, Romney gave a scathing critique of then-candidate Trump during the GOP primary that year, calling him a "phony" who was unfit for office. More recently, Romney criticized Trump's response to last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and last month called Trump's use of an obscenity to describe African countries as inconsistent with American history and values.

Members of both political parties have suggested that Romney if elected to the Senate, would continue to call out Trump if he believed the president warranted criticism. However, Romney did not mention Trump or his scandal-plagued administration in his campaign announcement on Friday, focusing instead on how his adopted state of Utah could be a model for better government in Washington.

Asked Friday if he would seek or accept Trump's endorsement, Romney demurred but said they had talked on the phone two or three times in recent months and had a cordial and respectful relationship.

Within minutes of Trump's tweet Monday night, Romney sent one of his own: "Thank you, President, for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah."

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Families upset by Fireball "blame game"

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:36

"Last Summer, opening day, July 26, 2017, our trust was broken that we would be protected by those that check these rides," Amber Duffield said. "Which, in turn, broke the veil that allowed the state to go unnoticed on how they cannot be held accountable."

Amber Duffield feels betrayed. Here's why:

"We will get to the bottom of this, we will investigate it, there will be complete transparency," Gov. John Kasich said.

Kasich said that after the Fireball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke last summer. The malfunction killed one person and injured others.

Duffield says she never got that transparency.

"I was furious," she said.

She's furious because it was her 18-year-old son, Tyler Jarrell, killed on that ride.

She's furious because the state cannot be held liable for what happened.

"You allow this every year," she said. "It's the Ohio State Fair."

Last week, the state put out a statement saying the affected parties did not blame the state for any wrongdoing.

"We were stunned when we heard that," Duffield's attorney, Mark Kitrick, said. "That's completely false. We absolutely blame the state for negligence, gross negligence and allowing this ride to be turned on."

The state oversees the Ohio Expositions Commission and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, whose inspectors are responsible for ride safety.

But, if you can't go after the state, what's the point in having inspections?

"You ask a brilliant question," Kitrick said. "We hear that from everyone we tell the law to."

Kitrick says there are long lasting impacts from this tragedy.

"We have four other victims who are maimed, one's paralyzed, one has brain damage, one has not been out of a hospital or an institution since this happened," he said.

Duffield, though she lost her son, says what's important now are those who are still fighting to have a normal life.

"Think of the life they could have had that continued that they can't," she said. "That's just as important."

Her son, who had signed up for the Marine Corps just five days before his death, always wanted to serve and protect. Now, she says, she will go after new national inspection standards that her son's name will be a part of.

"He served by sitting in that seat," she said. "The change will be the protection."

She and Kitrick say they have already started talking to state legislators regarding possible new laws.

10TV also talked to Michelle Martin who represents Russell Franks, whose injuries after the Fireball incident caused him to be paralyzed.

"Complete and utter shock," she said of the statement that families did not blame the state. "I wasn't expecting it."

Martin says Franks and his family were very hurt by the statement.

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Car belonging to Pickerington native, missing Uber and Lyft driver, found

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 20:36

LOS ANGELES - The car belonging to a Los Angeles man, originally from Central Ohio, has been found.

CBSLA reports Josh Thiede's car was found Monday afternoon in Koreatown in Los Angeles and towed.

Police are not saying how the car was found.

His mother tells 10TV there was no sign of Josh and no cell phone was found.

Thiede has been missing for more than a week.

He is a 2007 graduate of Pickerington High School North. He was reported missing to LA Police on Thursday after his mother hadn't heard from him since February 11.

Friends in both cities are now doing everything they can to find him.

LAPD is working with Uber and Lyft to help find Josh. His picture and information about his car are being shared on social media pages across the country.

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Funerals: Grieving teens, raw emotions after school shooting

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:22

Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entrance from across the parking lot.

And each service takes its toll on the young mourners, many of them attending more friends' funerals in a span of days than many middle-aged people have in their lifetimes. Services for 14 Stoneman Douglas students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography teacher began Friday, two days after the shooting, and will end in the next few days.

Erica Sparrow, a 17-year-old senior, said Monday that she went to her first funeral a couple of weeks ago, "now I have one every day." She and her friend, Lauren Kuperman, also 17, began ticking off names — Meadow Pollack from Friday, Joaquin Oliver from Saturday and Alaina Petty's on Monday. Three more Tuesday, another Wednesday. It's both difficult and cathartic, the girls said.

"It kind of helps but at the same time it makes me sad," Sparrow said.

Stoneman Douglas senior Lewis Mizen said Monday he had never attended a funeral for someone his own age before the weekend. He will attend another Tuesday. When an older family member dies, he said, it seems natural that their children and grandchildren speak about their loss, but seeing parents eulogize their child cuts deep emotionally.

"Seeing a father freak out, I hope I never have to see something like that again," Mizen said. "Right now, it all seems very surreal."

The funerals have taken place in churches and synagogues, funeral homes and conference centers, all packed, sometimes with crowds topping 2,000. The last-arriving mourners have often been forced outside into the Florida heat, where they stand respectfully for an hour, straining to hear a snippet of the service.

Monday's funeral for Petty, a 14-year-old freshman, was unique but also unfortunately too common in this grieving community. More than 1,500 mourners, most dressed in black, filed into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Coral Springs to remember the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps member. Family members spoke about how she enthusiastically joined other Mormon youth to help with cleanup efforts in September after Hurricane Irma, and of her love of dogs and her confidence and wit.

Her father Ryan Petty spoke about the support his family has received from their church, the community and from around the country and world.

"We could not get through this without the love, prayers and support offered," he said. "We may never know all of the acts of kindness that have been rendered on our behalf this past week. We have witnessed hundreds in just the past few days but we know that is a small fraction of the total."

Other fathers and mothers have said similar words in recent days, begging mourners to never forget their child and to treat each other with kindness.

The father of 18-year-old Meadow Pollack called out the 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz, the former Stoneman Douglas student who has admitted Wednesday's killings, yelling, "You killed my daughter!" before calling him an obscenity. The mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, called on politicians to enact laws that will prevent future school massacres.

Siblings also have bared their loss. Petty's older sister, Meghan Petty, talked about how Alaina will now be her guardian angel and that the shooting should not detract from the goodness that lives within the community.

"What happened to her is that it was a very, very ugly act that was committed by one person but as you look around at how many people who are here ... there are thousands more who are doing something really beautiful for my sister," Meghan Petty said.

Dr. Francisco Cruz, lead psychiatrist at Ketamine Health Centers, suggested some survivors may want to limit themselves to services for their close friends, but he said overexposure to news coverage and social media posts about the shooting may be more harmful than attending several funerals.

"Going through the funeral process and remembering your classmates and feeling support from friends and family and the community can be empowering," Cruz said. "It can help people to get through these tough times and help them be more resilient down the line."

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Columbus City Schools parents weigh in on proposed budget cuts

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:03

Parents are getting their say before major budget cuts are made at Columbus City Schools.

The district faces a more than $20 million budget shortfall and school officials blame the state.

"I feel disappointed that it happened mid school year," parent Karen Staley said.

Highlighted in yellow, recommended reductions were hung in the cafeteria at Northland High School Monday night for Columbus City School parents to see.

"My main concern is what's going to happen in the district over the next 5 years," parent Phil Calloway said.

The spreadsheets listed proposed cuts to personnel, programs, partnerships and more.

"I am here to support our teachers and staff and our programming for our students. I'm very passionate about what programming we have," Staley said.

District officials wanted to meet with the community to talk about what happens next.

"With cuts of this magnitude everything is on the table and the board and staff are turning over every single rock, we're considering every program and every position. Everything that is not required by state statute we are looking at to potentially consider for reduction," Columbus City School Board President Gary Baker said.

Baker says the state is giving the district $100 million less a year than anticipated.

CCS is in year one of a five-year financial plan. It forecasts an $88 million deficit in year four and $224 million shortfall in year five.

"This isn't about saying one program or one group of people is less important. It's just really important to focus in on priorities," Baker said.

The district is proposing cuts to more than 160 staff members, programs, partnerships, supplies, and much more.

"There could be realignment. Individual employees could be placed in new locations. Some items that are currently funded through general fund could be funded through capital dollars," Baker said.

Parents though came to weigh in on those recommendations.

"The idea is to allow us to voice our concerns to the administration. So I hope they truly listen to the parents and the community that's here," Staley said.

While some may not have liked what they saw in yellow, the district says it isn't final.

"Let's look at other areas we can cut to continue going forward with academics," Calloway said.

They have a say and the district encourages feedback.

The school board expects to start making final decisions on cuts after all four public forums are finished.

There are three more forums planned for this week:

  • Tuesday - Marion-Franklin High School - 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday - Columbus Africentric Early College - 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday - Starling Pre-K-8 - 6-8 p.m.
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Judge denies bond for man accused of killing 2 Westerville police officers

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:46

The suspect in the fatal shooting of two Westerville police officers is being held without bail as the potential death penalty case proceeds.

Thirty-year-old Quentin Smith is charged with aggravated murder in the Feb. 10 shootings of officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. They were responding to a 911 hang-up call at Smith's home.

Prosecutors requested that the court deny bail for Smith, characterizing him as a danger to the community.

A public defender represented Smith during his initial appearance Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court and didn't object to him being jailed without bail.

Investigators say Smith was wounded when he exchanged gunfire with police. In court, he had one hand bandaged and the other arm hidden beneath his jail uniform.

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Police investigating rollover crash along I-270 north near Hamilton Road in Gahanna

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:21

GAHANNA, Ohio – Gahanna police are investigating a rollover crash on I-270 north near Hamilton Road Monday night.

Police told 10TV the driver of the vehicle was ejected and medics took the person to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

Police advise people traveling in the area to find an alternate route while they investigate, although no lanes have been closed.

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OSU students team up with Apple to create app for first-year Buckeyes

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:19

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University teamed up with Apple to create an app that new students will use this Fall.

Four Buckeye students traveled to Apple's design lab to learn how to create the program.

It will be loaded onto iPads for many incoming students to adjust to college life.

It connects Buckeyes to services on campus and makes one of the largest schools in the country feel smaller.

"Ohio State is so big," said Cory Tressler, Director of Learning Programs at OSU. "We have so many resources. We offer so many programs, both academic and non-academic, through the Office of Student Life. We have six campuses. How can we make it feel a little bit smaller and get really relevant information to students a little faster?"

Right now, OSU is calling it "My OSU," but the designers have to go through an App Store review before they can make the name official.

Their goal is to roll out the app at the beginning of Fall orientation which begins in late May.

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Health officials to distribute bags that destroy unused prescription medication

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:46

ADAMH is providing 5,000 special bags that help dispose of prescription medication at home through the Franklin County Health Department.

You put the medication in the bag, add water, seal and shake, then throw away. The carbon pod inside the bag deactivates the medication.

It works on all medications but is looked at as a key preventative measure in the opiate crisis: a way to eliminate unused pain medication.

“We do believe it’s an effective tool for the average person, ordinary citizen to join us in the effort to decrease the impact of the epidemic,” said ADAMH CEO David Royer.

The bags are being given out at the health department’s naloxone training or you can request to have one sent to you. To do that, click here.

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Make-A-Wish teen passes on Disney, to write a book about her illness

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:42

You've probably heard of Make-a-Wish. The charity grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Some wish for an exotic trip or a day at an amusement park. But one local teenager wished for the chance to make a difference.

Timberly White, 14, was diagnosed at birth with sickle cell. The disorder causes red blood cells to collapse into the shape of a sickle, and break down.

It is a chronic disease causing severe pain and shortened life-expectancies.

"It's painful, really painful," she said. "And I have to go to the hospital. They put an IV in me and pump me with pain medicine."

Her grandmother, Vernice Barnett has been there through the toughest of days.

"It hurts you when you realize it's not in your power," she said. "To see a child suffer, I never knew they could suffer so bad like that. Crying and bent over, and you can't stop the pain once it begins."

Timberly has found comfort in writing.

"I can express how I feel on paper and everything and get it out of me."

So when Make-a-Wish approached her three years ago...

"They asked if I wanted to go to Disneyland, and I told them, 'No thank you, I would like to write a book.' And then once I make enough money I can go to Disneyland if I want to."

She already knew what she would write about: "When I was younger, my teachers would ask, and my principal and coaches would ask, 'What is sickle cell?' And I'd have to tell over and over again. So why not write a book and let them have it?"

"I said, 'Oh wow. She knows what she wants!" said her grandmother with a laugh.

Monday, Timberly's wish came true with a limousine ride to Nationwide Children's Hospital and a welcome worthy of a published author.

People lined up to get a copy and a moment with the author. Among those in line, Timberly's physician, Dr. Susan Creary.

"It was really touching to use her wish to raise awareness, because that's one of our biggest challenges, to raise awareness."

"She put pleasure on the back burner to bring awareness to this," said her grandmother. "It just makes me feel great."

Timberly knows the power of words: "Everyone gets to know what sickle cell is, and that means a lot to me."

And the power of a wish:"I would like to dedicate this book to all the kids with life-threatening medical conditions. You are special, so keep your head up. Be strong. Don't give up. God will give you the strength to make it another day. Be a light that shines bright in this world."

Timberly says she plans to write more books and hopes to someday become a doctor.

There are currently 1,500 children in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana region waiting for wishes.

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Kasich: Now is the time for "common sense" on gun control

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:10

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Governor John Kasich says now is the time for "common sense" on gun control, after years of touting his gun ownership rights credentials.

Gov. Kasich says there needs to be leadership on the issue from the White House and in what he calls the "dysfunctional" Congress in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida. Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio/TV reported after Kasich's comments in a Sunday interview on CNN that his political web site's section called "Defending the Second Amendment" had been removed.

Mr. President, America needs real leadership. We need to take common sense steps NOW to protect our kids. From one father to another, let’s protect them. pic.twitter.com/PHHtCW4CMD

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) February 18, 2018

On Monday, the campaign site for the frequent critic of President Donald Trump headlined his positions as "Common Sense on the Second Amendment." While noting he has signed multiple bills to protect gun rights, the site says Kasich sees the need for "common-sense solutions." They include potentially expanding background checks for gun sales and limiting the ability to sell the kinds of weapons often used in mass killings, such as the AR-15 rifle used in Parkland.

John Weaver, a strategist for Kasich's 2016 presidential campaign, said on Twitter that Kasich's views "have evolved," like many, if not most, Americans'.

"We want our leaders to be unafraid to observe, listen & learn," Weaver wrote.

The johnkasich.com site calls the Second Amendment "one of the most divisive issues in our country. Leadership requires the willingness to tackle these issues and to find solutions." His campaigns have pointed out his pro-National Rifle Association record and the group's 2014 endorsement of his re-election campaign.

"I believe those who are Second Amendment advocates realize that common-sense, real reforms can happen in this country to answer the critics and the anguish of people all across the country who have lost loved ones," Kasich said Sunday on CNN.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said he was glad to see Kasich speaking out nationally on guns, and hopes he will work with the state Legislature to find solutions and roll back past gun legislation.

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Westerville police provide update following funeral for fallen officers

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:02

Westerville Police Chief Joseph Morbitzer provided an update on his department following the funeral for two of his officers killed in the line of duty.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot and killed February 10 while responding to a 911 hang-up call.

Thirty-year-old Quentin L. Smith has been charged in their deaths.

In an update Monday, Chief Morbitzer discussed how they will move forward and how they will continue to take care of the officers' families.

He added that each family has been assigned a liaison officer, which Morbitzer called a lifetime appointment.

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Police: Body pulled from Scioto River near Hayden Falls Park

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:39

The Columbus Police Dive Team has pulled a body from the Scioto River near Hayden Falls Park on Monday afternoon.

Officials tell 10TV the body is decomposed and no identity is available for release at this time.

Hayden Falls Park is the same location where missing 17-year-old Payton Young's car was found last month.

This is a developing story refresh 10TV.com for updates.

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Florida shooting suspect makes brief court appearance

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:03

The suspect in the Florida school shooting appeared in court Monday for a procedural hearing about how legal paperwork would be handled in the case.

Nikolas Cruz said nothing when he made his first in-person appearance in Broward County Circuit Court. A previous appearance had been by a video connection from jail.

Cruz, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, kept his head down and did not appear to make eye contact with the judge or others in the courtroom, though he responded briefly to someone on the defense team.

The hearing concerned rules that will govern how documents are sealed. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she was in favor of openness whenever possible.

Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding many others in Wednesday's attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which he once attended.

His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty. No decision has been made on that.

The court appearance came after a weekend in which student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting sought to become the public face of a revived gun control movement. That would put them on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump.

Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control.

Trump spent the weekend at his estate in South Florida, only an hour's drive from the high school. His only mentions of the massacre came in tweets Saturday contending that the FBI was too focused on the Russia investigation to respond to warnings about the suspect and mocking Democrats for failing to pass gun control.

"You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at the high school, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"How dare you," he added.

After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president would hold a "listening session" with unspecified students Wednesday and meet Thursday with state and local security officials.

Meanwhile, Florida politicians scrambled to produce legislation in response to the Feb. 14 attack.

In a TV interview, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio embraced a Democratic bill in the Florida Legislature to allow courts to temporarily prevent people from having guns if they are determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, attended a prayer vigil at the First Church Coral Springs, blocks from the shooting site. He is expected to announce a legislative package with GOP lawmakers this week.

Emma Gonzalez, another student survivor, gave an impassioned speech at a weekend rally. On Sunday, she cited Trump, Rubio and Scott by name in a warning to politicians backed by the NRA.

"Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet," she said on "Meet the Press."

Seeking to increase pressure for gun control, the students plan to visit the state capitol in Tallahassee this week to demand immediate action. They are also calling for anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24.

Organizers behind the anti-Trump Women's March called for a 17-minute nationwide walkout by teachers and students on March 14.

Chris Grady, a 19-year-old senior at the Florida school, was one of several students at Sunday's rally near the campus.

"The kids in Newtown were too young to understand what happened and were too young to have their own voice," Grady said, referring to the 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Connecticut school shooting. "We want to be the voice for those kids and thousands of others."

Not every student at the Florida school was calling for more gun control. James Ciaramello, a freshman in the school's JROTC program, was heartbroken by the massacre but skeptical that firearms regulations could have prevented it.

"He's just messed up," Ciaramello said of Cruz, another JROTC member. "I mean, tighter gun control, it's not going to help. There's always a way around it."

School and government records obtained Sunday show Cruz was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at age 3 and had disciplinary issues dating to middle school. In February 2014, while in 8th grade, he was transferred to a special school for children with emotional and behavioral issues. He stayed there until 10th grade, when he was transferred to Stoneman Douglas. Last year, Cruz was expelled.

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Guide to Presidents’ Day deals

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:27

COLUMBUS -- Presidents’ Day has evolved over the years to a day of deals. While places, like the bank and the post office, are closed for Presidents’ Day, many retailers are offering big sales, especially since many people have the day off because it is a federal holiday.

Columbus Zoo
Even though Presidents’ Day is a day off from school, it doesn't have to be a day off from learning. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will continue its tradition of offering free admission on Presidents’ Day. The offer will be valid during operating hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on February 19, 2018. Standard parking fees ($10 per vehicle; free for Zoo members) will still apply.

Big Ticket Items
Sears is hosting their Presidents’ Day Event and offering up to 40% off top appliance brands.

Best Buy is also offering up to 35% off major appliances as part of their Presidents’ Day Sale.

Home Depot is offering sales throughout the entire store. In addition to up to 35% with appliance special buys, they are offering up to 40% off certain bath essentials.

Tech
Looking for a new laptop? During HP's Presidents' Day sale, you can save up to 55% on several tech devices, as well as receive free shipping and returns

Microsoft is also offering up deals. Save up to $500 on select PCs. Save $200 on all Surface Pros. Gamers can save $50 on Xbox One S, plus get a free select game of choice.

You can shop deals up to 40% on Dell.com, plus get free delivery on everything.

Save over 45% on select Samsung TVs. Save up to $200 on premium soundbars, starting at $399.99

Bedding, Furniture and Home Items – Online only
Online furniture retailer Wayfair is having a Presidents’ Day Blowout Sale. Save up to 70% off bedding, mattress markdowns, dining furniture, living room furniture, kitchenware and storage. The website also has outdoor furniture, bedroom furniture and lighting marked down up to 65% off. Score up to 80% off their closeout deals.

Overstock.com is offering up to 70% off, and an extra 20% off select living room furniture.

Target is also joining in the online Presidents’ Day sales by acknowledging George Washington’s birthday. Use the code “GEORGE” and you will get 30% off home items, plus an additional 15% indoor and outdoor furniture and rugs.

Clothing
Take 40% off everything at Express, both online and in select stores.

Stock up your spring wardrobe during Old Navy's U.S.A. (Unreal Shopping Adventure) sale, which features up to 50% off store-wide. You can also receive 35% off your online order today and free shipping on any order using the code “FORALL.”

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Woman seen berating flight attendant on viral video now placed on leave

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:35

A New York woman seen berating a flight attendant on a viral video is on forced leave from her job. Nearly two million people watched a recording of a woman boarding a Delta Air Lines flight caught not only threatening a flight attendant's job, but also saying she worked for New York Governor Cuomo.

But after the video was posted online, her own job may be in jeopardy, reports correspondent Kris Van Cleave.

Passenger: "I'm not sitting by a crying baby."
Mother: "He's not going to cry the whole time."

Cellphone video captured a heated confrontation between a Delta flight attendant and passenger Susan Peirez.

Peirez: "I want your name."
Flight attendant: "Tabitha."
Passenger: "Thank you, Tabitha, you may not have a job tomorrow."
Flight attendant: "I want this lady off the plane."

The two can be heard arguing about how Peirez treated a young mom and her baby.

Flight attendant: "She was screaming at the baby."
Peirez: "I'm not screaming. I'll be quiet now, please. Hey, I'm sorry, I was really stressed out."

The mom who took the video, Marissa Rundell, says she shared it on Facebook to raise awareness about Peirez's behavior. It was then viewed nearly two million times.

Peirez's employer, the New York State Council on the Arts, started an investigation, and says she's been "placed on leave until further notice."

Rundell tells CBS News she doesn't regret sharing the video, but she does regret that it has affected Peirez's job.

"No one is afforded the luxury of an 'oops' moment anymore without risking it going viral," said Sue Scheff, author of "Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate."

There are many examples of these incidents.

Two aviation security officers were fired after a widely-shared video showed them dragging a Kentucky doctor from an overbooked United flight.

And an American Airlines flight attendant was suspended after a confrontation with two passengers last April.

Scheff says before you upload a video to social media, take time to consider the consequences.

"You never want to put a temporary emotion on the permanent Internet, because what you feel at that time is going to stay there forever," she said.

In a statement to CBS News, Delta defended the flight attendant's actions in this most recent incident, and it also says it expects passengers to behave with civility and respect toward flights crews and other passengers.

We also reached to Peirez for comment. She has not responded.

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Ohio casino commission imposes new rules on skill games

Channel 10 news - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:33

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Casino Control Commission has new rules for skill-based games.

The Plain Dealer reports the commission created 28 rules concerning regulation and licensing in the skill game industry. New application and licensing fees are included in the gaming overhaul.

Commission spokeswoman Jessica Franks says the goal of the rules is to "weed out all the illegal activity." Franks says the agency worked with industry leaders to craft the rules.

Under the new guidelines, there are three skill game categories. Licenses and fees are based on the type of game. The commission estimates the fees could raise about $500,000 annually.

Franks says the commission plans to hold seminars before it begins collecting registration and license applications on April 23.

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